The German Spitz Mittel, a breed of compact, medium-sized dogs, is the third largest variety of German Spitz. It comes with a medium-sized head, small, round nose, moderately long muzzle, medium-sized, dark eyes, small, prick ears, slightly arched neck with profuse hairs, well-sprung ribs, deep chest, straight, sturdy forearms, small hind feet with well-arched toes, and a high-set, medium length tail.
|Alternative Names||Deutscher Spitz Mittel|
|Coat||Long, straight topcoat, short, thick, woolly undercoat|
|Color||Brown, white, black, orange, blue-gray, brown and tan, black and tan|
|Group||European Spitz, Non-Sporting, Utility, Northern Breed, Companion Dogs|
|Temperament||Confident, intelligent, happy, devoted|
|Litter Size||1-5 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Germany|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||AKC (FSS), ANKC, FCI, KC (UK), UKC, NZKC|
The German Spitz types are believed to be a descendant of the Nordic herding and sled breeds that came to central Europe along with the Vikings. In German literature, references to Spitz-type dogs date back to 1450 and so by the 18th century, these dogs became quite popular as pets. Unlike the Klein (small) type of Spitz dogs, the Mittel type was valued as a versatile farm worker.
The popularity of German Spitz varieties increased in the Victorian and Edwardian Era until their population declined during the First World War because everything from Germany was rejected. The breed has now regained its fame with its sweet, friendly disposition and suitability as a family pet.
Affectionate, faithful, and always happy by nature, the German Spitz Mittel is a family companion that demands attention from its people willing to be included in family activities. It is not an outdoor pet and may show signs of separation anxiety if left alone for a long period.
It can make an excellent watchdog because of its alert nature and distrust toward strangers. It barks loudly to alert its owner of intruders. If socialized early, it can live peacefully with other pets, including dogs and cats.
Its smartness and devotion to the owner make it a trainable breed, but make sure that you are firm and consistent in your approach.
Start socializing your puppy by introducing it to a new friend every week. When they meet, have your friends speak in a low, encouraging voice and offer your pup a treat. You may take your pup to a dog park where it can observe other dogs running and playing. Give your Spitz a treat every time another dog comes close to the fence. It will create a safe and positive experience with another dog.
One of the important commands you can teach your pup is “come” that will help bring him back if you accidentally lose control of the leash. Start the training by putting a collar and leash on the dog. Then, say the word “come” while gently pulling the leash. If it gets to you, praise it and give it a treat.
Your German Spitz Mittel may be given a high-quality dry food along with a small amount of cooked eggs, fruits, vegetables, and cottage cheese.